Buffalo Guitar Show and Flea Market 2010


There is something alluring about the hustle and bustle of musical instruments and gear that attracts people to get out of bed early on a dark, cold, rainy morning and travel many miles to come and see what treasures are lurking under some table, in a dusty old case, or torn cardboard box at a guitar show.


That is exactly what happened with a few members of the Rochester Guitar club on Sunday, April 18, 2010, who were willing to donate some of their time working the table at the Buffalo Guitar Show and Flea Market. I have been attending shows like this for many years, but working the Flea Market was definitely a different and rewarding experience. We met people from Ohio, Georgia, Florida and other States. It is surprising how far one will travel to attend an event like this. One young girl who was visiting our booth became excited because she found the perfect instrument at an affordable price to start her musical journey.


It makes my mind wander to think of all the musical instruments and amplifiers gathering dust, sitting in closets, basements and garages and not being used that could be placed in the hands of people and change their lives. The Buffalo Guitar Show and Flea Market is a place where it is possible to find such items and I would encourage anyone to check out future shows. You never know what you will find!

Special thanks not only goes to the people who worked the show, but also to members and friends of the Rochester Guitar Club without whose help such as making banners, and doing the important work behind the scenes, participation in this event could not have happened. Also, a special thanks to the people who donated instruments and other musical items to help the club meet the future goal of underwriting the PBS radio show, “Classical Guitar Alive” on WXXI 91.5FM.

It was a good experience not only to be able to work the show, but more importantly, to let a wider community know that the Rochester Guitar Club is there for anyone who wants to get together to play guitars in a nonjudgmental and supportive musical atmosphere with other people who love to play the guitar.

Article & Photos: Jim Doyle

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